Celebrating 10 Years of enke

Since 2009 enke: Make Your Mark has been building a community of diverse young people that collectively affect positive change on the socio-economic issues that they feel most passionate about.

Join us in reflecting on, and celebrating this incredible journey, made possible by champions like you.


enke generates & incubates youth-led social impact & enterprise.

enke means “ink” in SeTswana and “take it” in SeSotho. That’s what we’re about – empowering youth to be authors of their futures by taking opportunities to change their lives and communities (making their mark).

We seek to reverse negative trends affecting youth by building from their inherent assets, developing entrepreneurial mindsets and non-cognitive (soft) skills gearing them towards social responsibility, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our leadership development and social action programs provide young people (15-35 years old) with the theoretical and practical skills to overcome the challenges they face, enabling them to become effective leaders – people who have the desire and ability to identify and access opportunities to build a positive future.

Vision: a world that is an enabling environment for all young people to recognise their own value, thrive, and mobilise for meaningful change.


Our Journey

In our first 10 years, through grit, innovation, and tenacity, we have directly trained over 4,000 people and reached over 70,000 more through the projects and enterprises of our program participants.
We have tested, refined, innovated and continually strengthened our programs to ensure the maximum impact on youth – impact that is both cost-effective and life-long positive benefit.
We’ve developed capacity to provide advisory services through our bespoke projects, actively collaborating with those who are interested and committed to creating a positive future for youth to succeed socio-economically.

Our Programs & Services

We run programs and services to empower and support young people to create meaningful change on the issues they care about most, whilst simultaneously developing their own skills.


This is our flagship leadership program for Grade 10 and 11 learners. It is a 9-month experience in social action and community leadership where learners are trained, inspired and supported to create real change in their communities.


A volunteer program for post-secondary youth where participants are connected to a diverse, active network, equipped with skills and experience that increase employability and work-readiness, and inspired towards entrepreneurship


A game-changing program for unemployed youth and is a 6-month experience in social enterprise and guided coaching for professional development to increase the likelihood of conversion to employment, enterprise, education or training.

Bespoke Services

We build and deliver customised training and other solutions for schools, companies and organisations. Our specialities are strategic facilitation, skills training, project management and curriculum development.

Our Celebration Activities

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Why holistic youth development matters?

As proud as we are of all that we have accomplished since 2009, the reality is still this:

–    The youth unemployment rate in South Africa is 47%
–    By 2045, the there will be over 1 billion youth in Africa (more than double it is now)
–    By 2038, Africa will have the largest workforce in the world

Invest in enke


For every 1 Trailblazer trained, on average 50 people benefit – evidence of the catalytic nature of investing holistically in youth and their leadership.

Help us achieve our goal to enable 1 million people with the skills, resources, information and opportunities to recognise their own value, thrive and mobilise for meaningful change.

Your support will propel us to the next decade and beyond! Your investment will:


Join us in making sure that young people today are equipped to lead and innovate for the Africa tomorrow:



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ZAR 500 / USD 35

Covers training materials for one leader/entrepreneur

ZAR7,000 / USD 500

Covers accommodation and meals for one young leader’s participation in our 5-day residential training, the enke: Forum

ZAR12,000 / USD 850

Develops one young leader with an entrepreneurial mindset through 3-9 month programs

ZAR120,000 / USD 8,500

Provides 1 young person with a 12-month work experience at enke


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